Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Idaho
Fresno State 63, Louisiana Tech 56 (1/6/11)
Louisiana Tech played at Texas as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Nov. 10, 2010.
Kerry Rupp enters his fourth season at the helm of the Louisiana Tech Bulldog men's basketball program.
Rupp has also developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in college basketball today and continues to build Louisiana Tech basketball back to prominence.
In his time at Tech, Rupp has taken the program to heights that haven't been reached in years. He's led Tech to an improvement of nine-wins in each of the last two seasons. The 2009-10 Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year led the Bulldogs to a 24-11 record that season, their best since 1985.
Amidst the 24-win season was a 10-game win streak, the most since 1985, and they also received votes in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1991. Rupp took Tech to postseason play for the time in four years with an appearance in the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament and recorded a win in the postseason for the first time in eight years.
In the 2008-09 season, Rupp led Tech to 15 wins, a nine win improvement over the previous season. It was the fourth most improved team in Tech history and the most since 1994-95.
Rupp came to Tech after stints at Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana and Utah with plenty of years of experience in the collegiate coaching ranks, and a history of being involved with winning programs.
Prior to the 2006-07 season at UAB, Rupp was associate head coach under Mike Davis at Indiana from 2004-2006, when the Hoosiers made an NIT berth in 2005. Rupp also coached DJ White who was named the 2005 Big 10 Freshman of the Year and recruited and signed Ben Allen from Melbourne, Australia, who participated on the World Team in the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit.
From 2000-2004, Rupp coached under Rick Majerus for the University of Utah, where the Utes amassed an impressive 70-26 overall record, went to three NCAA Tournaments, an NIT bid and went to the Mountain West Championship game twice. Rupp was also responsible for the Utes' recruiting of Andrew Bogut, who would become the National Player of the Year, First Team All-American and the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Rupp also had duties as interim head coach for the part of the 2004 season at Utah and finished with a 10-4 record with a Mountain West Tournament Championship for the first time in school history.
Rupp arrived at Utah after a successful 24-year high school coaching career, where he served as an assistant coach (1986-90) and then head coach (1990-2000) at Salt Lake City's East High School. In addition to leading the Leopards to four region titles and two state title game appearances, Rupp also was an assistant football coach and served as the school's athletics director from 1992-2000. Rupp was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the Utah High School Activities Association.
Prior to East High School, Rupp was the head boys' basketball coach at Unitah (1978-79) and Murray (1979-82) high schools. Rupp also served as an assistant football coach at Salt Lake City South High School from 1982-86. A 1972 graduate of Cyprus High School, where he was an All-American in basketball and all-state performer in football and basketball, Rupp played two years at Utah State before transferring to Southern Utah. He was named the Thunderbirds' team MVP and earned all-district and all-conference honors as a senior in 1977.
Rupp has been involved in basketball on several levels. He coached the Utah All-Stars against the adidas national team in 1995, and he directed the Utah High School 4A All-Stars against the 5A All-Stars in 1996 and 1997. He coordinated the Utah Jazz' Summer League (currently Rocky Mountain Review), when it was held at East High School in 1993 and was part of the Seattle Supersonics' summer league staff during the 1996 Rocky Mountain Review.
Rupp has also worked numerous basketball camps, including the Rick Majerus Big Man-Guard Camp and was director of the Karl Malone Basketball Camp. Rupp also served as the co-executive director of the Karl Malone Foundation For Kids.
Rupp earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Utah in 1977. He was born Feb. 24, 1954.
He and his wife Lori have five daughters; Alie, Lindsey, Shelby, Billie and Randie.